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A and K Finishing Moves from Manual, Paper-based Quality and Inventory Processes to up Its Game

Quality Management
November 13, 2018
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For every large manufacturing company that is in the midst of a digital transformation, there are hundreds of small to mid-sized manufacturers still relying on manual, paper-based processes—and it’s taking a toll on their ability to manage quality and inventory.

One such company, A&K Finishing, a leading coater that provides plastic paint solutions for the automotive, furniture, electronics and commercial industries, decided to move from manual, paper-based quality and inventory management processes and discovered a whole new way of looking at operations.

The company now exceeds customer quality expectations and drives continuous improvements with real-time information.

Watch: See How A&K Delivers Superior Quality in Manufacturing with Plex

Every part that comes into A&K gets painted and goes out as a final product to the customer. Counting inventory manually weekly and monthly was labor-intensive and time consuming. Now the company has accurate inventory history and can account for every piece that comes into the facility. This must-have data is not at every employee’s finger tips.

Watch: Example of How to Improve Inventory Management in Manufacturing

We’re thrilled to help A&K get more insight and accuracy with its quality and inventory management, and we are confident that the company will continue delighting customers with its world-class coating applications and options.

Read more on A&K’s story here.

About the Author

Kaitlin Rebella Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, Plex Systems

As a member of the Plex corporate communications team, Kaitlin Rebella shares relevant, timely stories about the organization, its team, and the entire Plex community of customers and partners. She has spent over a decade practicing public relations, marketing, and communications representing a number of global technology, manufacturing, and supply chain organizations. Kaitlin has a bachelor’s in Journalism from Michigan State University.

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